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Rebecca Moore Papers, 1951-2013 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Rebecca Moore Papers, 1951-2013Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1951-1989

Primary Creator: Moore, Rebecca (1951-)

Extent: 4.37 Linear Feet


I. Correspondence

    1. Letters from Rebecca Moore to John and Barbara Moore

    2. Family Correspondence

    3. Professional Correspondence

II. Professional Materials

III. Miscellaneous Family Documents, Cards, and Clippings

IV. John Moore Papers

V. Collected Publications

VI. Audiovisual Materials

Date Acquired: 02/00/2015. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Jones, Jim, 1931-1978, Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978--Sources, Peoples Temple--History--Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Rebecca Moore Papers (1951-2013) consist of correspondence, drawings, school records, news clippings, research materials, research papers, publications, and audiovisual materials. The collection is divided into six series, which are organized alphabetically unless otherwise noted: Correspondence; Professional Materials; Miscellaneous Family Documents, Cards, and Clippings; John Moore Papers; Collected Publications; and Audiovisual Materials.

The Correspondence series (1952-2002) is divided into three sub-series: Letters from Rebecca Moore to John and Barbara Moore, Family Correspondence, and Professional Correspondence. The Letters from Rebecca Moore to John and Barbara Moore sub-series (1962-1989) contains correspondence from Rebecca (Becky) Moore to her parents, and is organized chronologically. Noteworthy letters include those written in 1979 in the wake of the tragedy at Jonestown. Family Correspondence (1952-2002) is comprised of letters from various members of Rebecca Moore’s family including her sisters Carolyn and Annie. The Professional Correspondence sub-series (1995-2011) is made up of letters to or from Rebecca Moore, written in a professional setting. Letters of recommendation written for students are also included.

The Professional Materials series (1980-2013) consists of lectures, research materials and research papers. Highlights include Dr. Moore’s collected research on varying religious organizations and her research papers written throughout her academic career.

The Miscellaneous Family Documents, Cards, and Clippings series (1951-2011) contains drawings, school records, writings, and manuscript chapters. One noteworthy item is a birthday card for John Moore illustrated by Annie Moore and signed by her, Jim Jones, and Carolyn Moore Layton.

The John Moore Papers series (1974-1995) is made up of materials that belonged to John Moore, Rebecca Moore’s father. Most of the files contain documents relating to Peoples Temple and Jonestown and some collected family materials are also included.

The Collected Publications series (1966-2009) consists of books, pamphlets, newsletters and journals. Materials pertain to religious studies and the study of new or alternative religious movements, as well as Washington, D.C. television and theatre journals for which Moore (then "Moore Clary") worked as an editor.

The Audiovisual Materials series (2002-2011) contains DVDs, cassette tapes, a CD-ROM, and a floppy disk. Notable items include video recordings of the Toward a Reasonable World conference in 2011.

Biographical Note

Rebecca Moore was born in February 1951 to Reverend John Moore and Barbara Moore. She had an older sister, Carolyn, and a younger one named Annie. Much of Rebecca’s early life was spent in California, in Hayward, Chico, Davis, and Berkeley. She moved to Washington D.C. in 1971 after marrying Patrick Clary but the couple divorced a few years later. Moore graduated from Antioch College in 1974 and continued to work in Washington. She married Fielding (Mac) McGehee III and moved to South Dakota shortly afterward. Moore and McGehee adopted three children: December, Hillary and Tim. Rebecca and Fielding settled in San Diego in 1999. At San Diego State University, Dr. Rebecca Moore taught in the Department of Religious Studies, which she chaired from 2006 to 2011. Her expertise includes the study of early Christianity as well as new religious movements in America. Dr. Moore retired in May 2015.

Dr. Moore lost both of her sisters and a nephew in the tragedy at Jonestown and consequently devotes much of her time to ensuring that multiple perspectives of Peoples Temple and Jonestown are available to the public. Moore, along with husband Fielding McGehee, manage Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple, a website hosted by the Jonestown Institute in the Department of Religious Studies that is devoted to providing varying and alternative perspectives on Peoples Temple and the events in Jonestown.

Subject/Index Terms

Jones, Jim, 1931-1978
Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978--Sources
Peoples Temple--History--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2010-027, 2014-033, 2015-021

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Rebecca Moore via the Jonestown Institute

Related Materials:

Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple, sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University.

Peoples Temple Collection, 1972-1990

Barbara C. Moore Correspondence Collection

Related Publications: Rebecca Moore has published several books about Jonestown. For a list of these works, click here.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Rebecca Moore Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1952-2011],
[Series 2: Professional Materials, 1979-2013],
[Series 3: Miscellaneous Family Documents, Cards, and Clippings, 1951-2011],
[Series 4: John Moore's Papers, 1974-1995],
[Series 5: Collected Publications, 1966-2009],
[Series 6: Audiovisual Materials, 2002-2011],

Series 4: John Moore's Papers, 1974-1995Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Articles, Talks, and Sermons, 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Includes audio cassette recording of John V. Moore's Sermon and Jonestown Memorial Service of November 26, 1978 at First United Methodist Church of Reno, Nevada.
Folder 15: John V. Moore v. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Jonestown Materials, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Lester Kinsolving: Chronology and Correspondence, 1975-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Materials Regarding Hillary Moore, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 19: New Religious Movements (NRM) Research Materials, 1974-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Notes from Phone Call with Tim Stoen, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Papers by John Moore, 1989, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Power of Attorney, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 23: United Methodist Church Press Release, 1978Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1952-2011],
[Series 2: Professional Materials, 1979-2013],
[Series 3: Miscellaneous Family Documents, Cards, and Clippings, 1951-2011],
[Series 4: John Moore's Papers, 1974-1995],
[Series 5: Collected Publications, 1966-2009],
[Series 6: Audiovisual Materials, 2002-2011],

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